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that. So we can give them renewables that
they can sell.
Scott Henneberry:
They could be
national accounts. For example, one of our
largest accounts in the US is a nationwide
cellular carrier. They have a cellular net-
work that covers the entire US with facili-
ties in every single one of the 3,000 utili-
ties in the US. So solving the equation,
what’s the best way for me to buy and use
energy for this nationwide cellular carrier
is a pretty complex equation. We do that
for them with our dashboards, and with
our sustainability services.
We do that with a lot of end use cus-
tomers. We give them advice as to what
and how they should use their energy,
how they should buy their energy, what
programs, what smart grid programs they
should participate in. So we can do both
consulting and be a technology provider.
We do both supply and demand and help
facilitate those new relationships.
Scott Henneberry has 30+ years in the
Electrical Industry. During the first 20
years of his career he worked for Siemens,
in various Marketing and Operational man-
agement positions after which he went to
Power Measurement, Inc., a small high-
tech company in the electrical industry.
Since the acquisition of PMI by
Schneider Electric in 2005 Mr.
Henneberry has focused on the strategic
aspects of the Power Monitoring &
Control business for Schneider, and most
recently has been assigned to the global
Corporate Strategy Dept of Schneider
Electric responsible for defining and coor-
dinating the implementation the
Schneider Electric Smart Grid Strategy.
He also represents Schneider Electric
as a Founding Board Member of the
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and
is a member of Greentech Media Grid
Edge Executive Council.
years that have come to us from acquisi-
tions that directly involve the smart grid.
For example, the Telvent acquisition includ-
ed a micro-weather forecasting service.
We’re beginning to integrate this into our
solutions for not just outage management,
but even forecasting when cloud cover will
obscure solar cells. So if you can have a
very good short term forecast, say cloud
cover that is only going to last a minute,
don’t start discharging the batteries. Or, this
is going to last for 2 days so it’s ok. We’ll get
a full cycle out of the battery. Then you can
really increase the life of the battery. It’s the
kind of weather forecast that helps a utility
give a load forecast for the following day.
Weather is very important.
When we acquired Invensys, everyone
understood that that was mainly used in
our industrial business. We knew that
Invensys operated some in generating sta-
tions because generating stations look a
whole lot like industrial process plants,
particularly thermal plants, but in addition
Invensys has a very strong cyber-security
practice. They do this for a lot of indus-
tries, but for the utilities, they have an
ongoing audit capability and some tools
that can be put in place in the factories
and the generating stations such as PCS,
process controls that protect against
There are some things that have been
deployed and we’re continuing to evolve
them. So for example, the Advanced
Distribution Management System
(ADMS) from Telvent is already deployed
in about 50 installations all over the
world. From an electric distribution per-
spective, this is really state of the art
modeling of everything on the distribu-
tion grid to do “what if” analysis and real
time dynamics. There are a couple hun-
dred ADMS applications we can talk
about but there’s one that’s very intuitive
that I like to point to and say, this is why it
makes sense to have a smart grid, and
this happens at ENEL, the state utility
distribution grid of Italy. Eighty percent
of the Italian distribution grid is modeled
through our ADMS.
To the extent you can balance how
energy gets from point A to point B, you
can save losses. Technically, line losses are
equivalent to the square of the current
going through a wire. If you have two
wires going from point A to point B, you
send 100 units of current through A and
none through B, you have 10,000 units of
losses. One hundred squared. If you split it
up and you have 50 units going through
both, you have 5,000 units of losses
because it’s twice 2500. So therefore, if
you’re smart enough to understand exactly
where all your customers are and how
much their loads are and where all your
generation sources are, you can do all the
optimization to figure out the best way to
get the energy from point A to point B,
then you can minimize losses. The prob-
lem is it’s constantly changing in real time.
So the model of the distribution system
does that for ENEL and will give them a
recommended list of switching operations
that they can use. No customer knows this
is going on. It’s just a question of how the
power gets to them, and ENEL saves about
5% of all the losses on their distribution
lines, just from that one application of the
ADMS. That’s one of the more intuitive
applications of the smart grid that I like to
talk about. The ADMS is – to answer your
question about are we rolling this out or is
this coming out soon – the ADMS is
already existing, we have 50 installations
world wide, and we’re adding more and
more applications as we go forward.
Scott Henneberry:
So that’s the
beauty of how we view the smart grid, as
we were discussing earlier - yes we work
with electric utilities, but we also work
with end users. We have an energy and
sustainability services business that works
with end users to help them understand
and save money in a retail market. We
help them figure out an energy plan so
they sign up with the right supplier, with
the right tariff, with the right program for
demand response, with real time rates or
not, and then we can help them optimize
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